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No COVID-19 cases recorded at KIA so far-GHS

The Ghana Health Service says no positive cases of COVID-19 has been recorded from any arrivals at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

According to the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye about 300 passengers have been tested since KIA resumed operations on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, after being closed to international traffic since March due to the coronavirus.

“So far we have not recorded any positive cases and that is our ultimate aim. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that people arrive here negative and truly negative,”

In the event that someone tests positive for COVID-19 after arrival, the person will be held at the Ga East Hospital.

As a precaution, arriving passengers must have a negative PCR test result which is not older than 72-hours.

Dr. Kuma-Aboagye also defended the $150 testing fee and said, there has not been enough protest to warrant an adjustment of the price.

He noted that the investment in logistics for testing meant “the cost build-up is not going to be easy” and that the cost is “more about the value you are providing.”

This notwithstanding, he maintained that the price “is relatively cheap.”

“We’ve also not had any significant protest from anybody who feels that the cost is too much.”

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